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Should NFL players be kneeling during the national anthem?

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Sunday afternoon in the fall and winter in the United States is a time for football for most in this country. It has become a part of our culture, like apple pie, fireworks on the forth of July, and Uncle Sam. Over the past year, though, a controversy has come along each Sunday before football games begin. We are seeing protests by the NFL players. They have been kneeling during the national anthem. The protest was started by a player named Colin Kaepernick, who played with the San Francisco 49ers last year. He would take a knee during the national anthem to raise awareness of the apparent excessive number of black people who were being killed by police.

As the season went on, some of the players on the 49ers and other teams would join Kaepernick by kneeling or raising a fist in protest. This season, Colin Kaepernick is a free agent and it appears it will be unlikely he will be signed by any team this season. His protest movement appeared to be failing as well. Fewer and fewer players were protesting throughout the preseason and into the regular season. A few weeks ago, President Donald Trump decided to get involved in the issue. Among the things he said was that if people saw players kneeling during the national anthem, they should get up and leave. Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence did just that.

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